Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. Born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, she was first featured on the children's series Barney & Friends in the early 2000s. In 2007, Gomez came to prominence after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She portrayed the starring character Alex Russo until its conclusion in 2012. She formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2008; they released the studio albums Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down before beginning a hiatus in 2012.
Gomez entered the film industry with star billings in feature films including Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo, and Hotel Transylvania. She embraced an increasingly mature public image with her star billing in the controversial film Spring Breakers and her debut solo studio album Stars Dance. The latter project debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten single "Come & Get It". Gomez was released from her recording contract with Hollywood Records following the completion of her upcoming greatest hits album For You.